When Erika Martinez plays the flute, you can clearly see her passion for music. That passion drove her to audition and become a Meyerson Festival Scholarship Finalist, twice! She received the scholarship for flute in both 2012 and 2013. "Not too many high school students can say they performed at the Meyerson. And now to be on the other side, prepping for this event and helping the high school students prepare: it's a wonderful experience!"

Martinez attended Valley Grande Academy, where she played in the band, choir, and handbell choir. During 6th grade she began with piano lessons. After watching a band program, Martinez started asking her mom for flute lessons. Now, as a sophomore music major, she is a member of the Southwestern Symphony Orchestra, Southwestern Wind Symphony, and Southwestern University Singers.

Ultimately, Martinez wants to perform as the first flute for a major symphony orchestra. Her next step after graduation will be to enroll in grad school or at a conservatory and study under a major symphony orchestra flutist. "Someday I'll play at the Meyerson as a professional."